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3 Myths About Hip Replacement Surgery Abroad
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/26/2017 11:05 AM | Last Modified: August 2, 2017
Considering medical tourism? You’re certainly not alone! According to Health.com, across the country an estimated 6 million Americans head abroad for hip surgeries, scans, tests, dental care, and the list goes on.
What’s more, if you think that medical tourism is a “fringe” industry – then think again! As highlighted by Patients Beyond Borders, the size of the medical tourism market in the US alone is between 38.5 – 55 billion each year. And when other countries like Canada, Australia, Holland, France and England are added to the mix, the number skyrockets to well over 100 billion.
These categorically aren’t “fringe” numbers, and medical tourism is an established alternative that has been around for centuries (though more popular recently thanks to the information-sharing power of the Internet, which is being demonstrated right now as you read this article!).
However, despite the popularity of medical tourism, there do exist some myths – many of which are propagated by private companies that profit from patients who get their care in the US, and therefore lose profit when they head abroad. To help you get the facts you need to make an informed decision, below we highlight and debunk 3 myths about hip replacement abroad.
Myth #1: Hip replacement surgery isn’t a popular medical tourism option
On the contrary, the AARP has noted that about 7 percent of all medical tourism trips are for hip replacement surgery. This translates to tens of thousands of Americans each year heading to countries like Mexico, Costa Rica, India, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Belgium, and the list goes on.
Myth #2: You don’t really save that much money by going abroad
The cost savings of going abroad for all kinds of surgeries and treatments is significant – but for hip replacement surgery, the numbers are even more staggering. The New York Times recently featured a story about a Colorado resident who was quoted around $50,000 for hip replacement surgery in the US (and this didn’t even include surgeons fees!). However, by heading to Belgium, he not only underwent successful hip replacement surgery, but he was able to spend an extra week in recovery – which would have cost him thousands of dollars at home. His cost? Less than $15,000 including airfare!
Myth #3: Booking a hip replacement surgery abroad is confusing and risky
Once again, this is completely false! At SkyMedicus, we specialize in helping people just like you book the hip replacement surgery you need – but without having to sell your home, liquidate your assets, or go deep (and perhaps permanently) into debt.
When you sign-up with us -- and it’s 100% FREE -- we’ll provide you with access to our database of pre-screened surgeons so that you can learn about their experience, view their credentials, and even communicate privately with them via our HIPAA-certified web portal.
And if you decide to book your hip replacement surgery through us, we’ll handle all of the logistics and planning on your behalf, including getting to and from the airport, where you’ll stay, how you’ll get around while you’re abroad, and we’ll even take care of the bill so you don’t have to worry about currency exchange. Plus, our 24/7 concierge support means that if you have a question or need any help, we’re just a call away.
To learn more, contact us today or sign-up now. As mentioned above, browsing through our database is 100% free, and there’s no risk or obligation to book your trip through us.
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Topics: Surgery Abroad